Professional Soccer Community has boots on the bottom on the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Ravens’ training camps immediately, and we’re additionally monitoring information from round the remainder of the NFL. Let’s go across the league and type out the most recent harm information, beginning with Michael Thomas’ 2022 debut in New Orleans.
Michael Thomas returns for the Saints
Thomas hasn’t performed a snap since Week 14 of the 2020 marketing campaign, however he’s lastly again on the sector after being activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. A lingering ankle harm — and subsequent surgical procedures and setbacks — have price Thomas helpful years of his profession and led to some turmoil with the Saints.
However let’s not neglect that the Ohio State product obtained off to arguably the most popular begin of any broad receiver within the NFL. Thomas posted extra receptions and yards via his first 4 seasons than another WR in league historical past, and he led the NFL in catches in every of his final two full campaigns.
Thomas remains to be penciled in because the Saints’ No. 1 wideout, and new faces Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry will be a part of him within the beginning lineup. Will Thomas nonetheless be as efficient now that New Orleans is with out Sean Payton and Drew Brees, each of whom have been nonetheless with the franchise final time Thomas performed a sport?
Packers reveal David Bakhtiari had one other surgical procedure
Packers left deal with David Bakhtiari has missed nearly as a lot time as Thomas. The veteran offensive lineman suffered a torn ACL in Dec. 2020 and has barely seen the sector since. We knew he’d already undergone two surgical procedures to restore the harm, with the most recent coming throughout the 2021 offseason. However Inexperienced Bay normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst advised reporters immediately that Bakhtiari had a third process executed on his knee this offseason.
Head coach Matt LaFleur recommended Bakhtiari’s third surgical procedure occurred earlier than the membership’s April offseason program. Gutekunst, in the meantime, refused to place a timetable on Bakhtiari’s potential return. Fellow deal with Elgton Jenkins, who tore his ACL in Week 11 of the 2021 season, can also be on the PUP listing, so the Packers may very well be with out their two finest offensive linemen.
Elsewhere on offense, Inexperienced Bay positioned WR Sammy Watkins on the non-football harm (NFI) listing and fellow move catcher Christian Watson on the PUP. Per Gutekunst, Watson ought to return to the sector shortly, however Watson — the membership’s 2022 second-round decide — will miss time with an undisclosed harm that the Packers observed throughout OTAs. Nonetheless, the Packers GM stated he’s not excited by including one other veteran receiver to the roster.
Cowboys WR Michael Gallup positioned on PUP listing
The Cowboys introduced that they’ve positioned broad receiver Michael Gallup on the PUP listing as he recovers from the ACL harm he suffered in Week 17. Studies on Gallup have largely been optimistic, and he hasn’t suffered any identified setbacks.
He might miss early sport motion, but it surely’s unclear if Dallas will hold him on the PUP into the season. Gallup could be required to overlook not less than the primary 4 video games of the 12 months in the event that they do. If the Cowboys assume he’ll solely be sidelined for a sport or two, they may select to put him on the lively roster and play shorthanded.
Dallas additionally put WR Dontario Drummond, LB Aaron Hansford, and CB Quandre Mosely on the PUP and positioned LB Damone Clark on the NFI listing.
Bears ship Roquan Smith to PUP
The Bears have discovered a option to take care of Roquan Smith’s “hold-in.” Chicago is inserting the linebacker on the PUP listing — despite the fact that he’s not truly injured. He’ll have the ability to attend conferences however gained’t follow as he seeks a brand new contract.
Smith practiced all through the offseason earlier than deciding to not take part in coaching camp. He’s heading into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal, and he’ll be paid $9.375 million on his fifth-year possibility. The 2-time second-team All-Professional is probably going looking for not less than $18 million yearly on his subsequent pact, and he might cross the $19 million threshold that solely Fred Warner and Shaquille (previously Darius) Leonard have reached.
Panthers lose Jaycee Horn to PUP, Rashaan Melvin to retirement
Panthers nook Jaycee Horn appeared in simply three video games earlier than a damaged foot ended his rookie marketing campaign, and he’s now beginning coaching camp on the PUP listing. Fortunately, Horn is anticipated again quickly, and his standing on the PUP is seen as precautionary. The group introduced Horn felt soreness in his foot following a conditioning take a look at, they usually wish to take it straightforward on the 2021 No. 8 total decide.
Veteran nook Rashaan Melvin helped fill in for Horn a season in the past, however he gained’t be again in 2022. The 32-year-old has determined to retire from the NFL after spending eight seasons within the league. A former undrafted free agent, Melvin frolicked with 9 organizations, appeared in 74 profession video games, and made 42 begins.